SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Third baseman Kevin Davis had three hits and starting pitcher Brad Reynolds struck out ten batters to lead the Bates College baseball team to a 9-1 win over Bowdoin at Southern Maine Community College Friday afternoon.
The victory improves Bates to 7-8 (1-1 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 10-5-1 (2-2 NESCAC). The teams will finish their three-game NESCAC East Division series on Sunday at SMCC with a doubleheader beginning at noon.
Bates jumped to an early lead thanks to a trio of run-scoring singles in the top of the second. Rockwell Jackson played Davis to give the Bobcats the lead and Conor Reenstierna and Brendan Fox followed with RBI singles to give Bates a 3-0 advantage. Steve Burke's squeeze bunt to score Fox gave the Bobcats a 4-0 lead in the fourth and Bates added two more runs in the fifth on a Sam Berry groundout and another RBI single from Jackson to build a 6-0 lead.
Bowdoin got on the board in the fifth when Chris Cameron doubled and came around to score on an Aaron Rosen sacrifice fly. The Polar Bears had runners on first and second, but an inning-ending double play squelched the rally.
Bates added on runs in the sixth, when Mekae Hyde came home on a wild pitch, and in the eighth, when Davis rapped a two-run single to center.
Reynolds quieted the Bowdoin bats over his six frames of work, permitting no earned runs and striking out ten batters. Erik Jacobsen took the loss for the Polar Bears after going 4.1 innings and allowing four earned runs while striking out three.
Hyde, Davis, Nate Pajka and Jackson had multi-hit games for Bates. Cole DiRoberto had two hits for Bowdoin while Peter Cimini reached base three times.